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14 of the Best Skateparks in San Diego

Skaterboarders of every level can grind, ollie, and kickflip to their heart’s content at these citywide locations
Linda Vista skatepark in San Diego featuring skaters on the side of a half-pipe
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Despite ancient lore that hints at people adding wheels to wooden boards since the 1920s, influential skate photographers and skateboarding legends concur that the global-sensation sport had humble beginnings in La Jolla in 1947, when a couple of teens stuck their sister’s roller skate wheels on a two-by-four. Since the early days of reckless street skating sans helmets, culture-defining skateboarders have essentially handcrafted San Diego into a world-renowned destination for the sport. 

Sprinkled around San Diego are dozens of parks designed with help from professional boarders who began their careers right here in SD, including Tony Hawk, Andy Macdonald, and Chris Miller. Young prodigies, seasoned pros, and average joes alike: San Diego is your place to scope out bowls, ramps, pump tracks, and so much more. Here are 14 of the best skateparks in San Diego.

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Washington Street Skatepark 

Using industrial concrete beneath the Pacific Coast Highway as a blueprint, local skaters launched this underground skatepark in 1999 as a free place to ride without the threat of fines. In the years since, Washington Street has become a vibrant, community-supported attraction for the more advanced skateboarders of SoCal.

Address: Pacific Highway and West Washington Street, Middletown

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price: Free, but only for advanced skaters

Aerial view of Robb Field Skatepark in Ocean Beach, San Diego near Mission Bay
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Robb Field Skatepark

Overlooking Mission Bay, just across the San Diego River, sits the Rob Field Skatepark, fully equipped with bowls, rails, and ledges for skaters of any skill level to master their tricks while catching a sick view. 

Address: 2525 Bacon Street, Ocean Beach 

Hours: 10 a.m. to dusk

Price: Free

Aerial view of Krause Family Skatepark in Mission Valley, San Diego owned by the San Diego YMCA
Courtesy of YMCA of San Diego County

Krause Family Skate & Bike Park

This massive facility is every aspiring X Gamer’s dream park (while keeping mom and dad’s peace-of-mind at the forefront). Events like birthday parties, private and group lessons, and parents’ night outs with reliable supervision for little shredders well overshadow the small fee it costs to ride here. 

Address: 3401 Clairemont Drive, Mission Valley

Hours: 2 to 7 p.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on weekends; sessions are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Price: Year membership: $30 / Without membership: $10 per session / With membership: $5 per session / Month pass: $40 (free sessions)

Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park in Logan Heights, San Diego featuring a three rails and a bowl
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Bill and Maxine Wilson Skate Park

New to the skating world and terrified of wiping out in view of the experts? No worries—do it in front of the newbies at the Bill and Maxine Wilson beginner’s bowl, sans embarrassment. Advance from there and take a shot at the 10-foot “keyhole” or a 90-foot-long “snake run.”

Address: 702 South 30th Street, Logan Heights

Hours: 10 a.m. to dusk

Price: Free

Aerial view of Del Mar Pump Track skatepark in San Diegobuilt by Spohn Ranch
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Del Mar Pump Track

Pump yourself up to take on the Del Mar Pump Track, one of the best skateparks in San Diego, and an undulating path full of small, looped sequences of rollers and swoopy, banked turns designed for riders to flow freely in circles without the need to push.

Address: 5977 Village Center Loop Road, Del Mar

Hours: 8 a.m. to sunset

Price: Free

Poway Skate Park in San Diego featuring an empty bowl and half-pipe
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Poway Skate Park 

Known as a hidden gem for its lack of crowds and chill vibe, Poway Skate Park is beautifully suited for beginners and intermediate skaters alike. As a bonus, it’s open 12 hours a day, so you can work on your heelflip well into the evening.

Address: 13090 Civic Center Drive, Poway

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Wednesdays 

Price: Free

Alga Norte Carlsbad State Park in San Diego featuring a skateboarder on a half-pipe
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Alga Norte Carlsbad State Park

Expectations were understandably high for a skatepark in Tony Hawk’s hometown. Luckily, designers understood the assignment: The large facility is one of the best skateparks in San Diego and is free of fees and full of diverse features, including a steep ramp where more advanced skaters can flex their skills.

Address: 6565 Alicante Road, Carlsbad

Hours: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Price: Free

Aerial view of Rnacho Penasquitos Skate park near Mira Mesa, San Diego featuring skaters in the park section
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Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park

Rancho Penasquitos Skate Park is a 22,000-square-foot, multi-level skate plaza offering handrails, bank ramps, boxes, ledges, pipes, and a wealth of other elements—including picnic tables where parents can hang while their little ones work on their kickturn.

Address: 10111 Carmel Mountain Road, Rancho Penasquitos

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Price: Free

Linda Vista Skateboard Park in San Diego featuring a bowl, ramps, and pedestrian bridge
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Linda Vista Skateboard Park

This Linda Vista park satisfies skaters of all skill levels while taking advantage of the natural landscape. The focal point of the area is a pedestrian viewing bridge, hovering over the middle of the park for 360 views of all the action. 

Address: 7064 Levant Street, Linda Vista

Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Price: Free

Poods Encinitas Skate Plaza in North County San Diego featuring a young skater about to drop in
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Poods Encinitas Skate Plaza

Named after Ian “Poods” Barry, a young local skateboarding instructor who passed away in 2012, Encinitas’ sweet escape for skaters offers tons of selling points, including varied terrain, thoughtful design, a busy atmosphere, and loads of skate contests.

Address: 425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas

Hours: 8 a.m. to dusk

Price: Free

Prince Memorial Skate Park

Recently renamed to honor fallen skateboarder Michael “Prince” Johnson, this strangely satisfying, no-frills park has become a hub for North County skaters to practice boardslides, drop-ins, kickflips, and everything in between. It’s one of the best skateparks in San Diego.

Address: 3300 Alex Road, Oceanside

Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Price: Free

Park de la Cruz Skate Park in City Heights featuring a couple of skaters standing by rails
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Park de la Cruz Skate Park

This City Heights park was a slow burner: Planning started in 2007, but skaters didn’t get to roll down to the grand opening till 2018. The fruits of all those years of labor? A 19,300-square-foot space equipped with elements for all styles and plenty of lighting to help visitors nail tricks after dark. 

Address: 3901 Landis Street, City Heights

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Price: Free 

Carmel Valley Skate Park in San Diego featuring two bowls and a couple rails
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Carmel Valley Skate Park

Situated adjacent to a police station, Carmel Valley Skate Park—decked out with a challenge course, concrete bowl, urban elements, and night lighting—is a quieter and more monitored space where solo skaters and kiddos can practice their moves. 

Address: 12600 El Camino Real, Carmel Valley

Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Price: Free

Coronado Skate Park in San Diego featuring a hubba, rail, and quarter pipe to skate in

Coronado Skate Park

Coronado’s 23-year-old park offers three levels of bowls for skaters of all stripes: beginners can drop just a few feet into the “street plaza,” while more seasoned shredders can tackle the deeper “clover bowl” before flying down into the eight-foot “teardrop.”

Address: 2000 Mullinex Drive, Coronado

Hours: Mon–Fri: 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sat–Sun: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Price: Daily pass: $5 / Annual pass: $60 for youth ages 6–17 and seniors 55+, $100 for adults / Safety equipment rental (helmet, knee & elbow pads): $5

By Maren Hawkins

Maren Hawkins is an editorial intern at San Diego Magazine. She is in her second to last year at San Diego State University and serves as a staff writer for The Daily Aztec. When she is not writing, she spends her time finding the best workout spots in SD, thrifting for the cutest clothes, and traveling whenever possible.

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